Ode to Big Bank Hank

December 1, 2014 5:50 PM

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The New York Times ran the obit of Big Bank Hank ("Big Bank Hank, 58, an Early Star of Rap," New York Times, 11/11/14). Big Bank Hank was part of the Sugar Hill Gang. He's the guy in the "Rapper's Delight" video with the paunch, the rolled up sleeves and the blue sunhat, who carries a lot of weight, literally and figuratively.

"Rapper's Delight" was the song for which Sugar Hill Gang became famous and it featured one of the first examples of sampling (Chic's "Good Times" threaded though the track) that was also a harbinger of the appropriation frenzy that would infect the art world at the same time. But the video is reall...

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